Inspired by vivid memories of places and experiences in his life, and in part an homage to the late David Bowie, David Tycho’s new “Station to Station” series of paintings evokes feelings of departure, movement, transition, and arrival, all with an underlying sense of melancholic longing for a bygone age.
Friday, March 3, 7-9 pm
The artist will be in attendance
DAVID TYCHO: STATION TO STATION
About a year ago, I inexplicably felt compelled to paint train tracks, stations, terminals, depots and other transport hubs. Then my mind got busy, and I began to question why. Perhaps it was because my studio is flanked by a rail yard, or because I’d spent countless hours in and around such places, in my daily life, in my travels, and as a result of unfortunate summer employment when I was a student. Then again, maybe I was intrigued by the allegorical implications inherent in train tracks converging and vanishing on a horizon line, or by the pictorial allusions to the transitory nature of existence: always arriving and departing at the same time, and never in a state of permanence. And what about the mystical connotations implied by…
Shut up and paint, I reproached myself, my mantra when in doubt about the worthiness or significance of a particular subject matter.
Each work generally began with reference to a photo or memory, but then, as usual, intuitive aesthetic impulses took over. I recalled the words of Hans Hoffman who said, “Eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” Each painting consequently evolved into something not so much about a particular place, but represented, rather, more of an essence or archetype of such places, in varying degrees of representation and abstraction.
There are an abundance of valid interpretations for this series—and of course I have a few of my own—but I would never be so arrogant as to suggest what the viewer should see, feel or understand. It’s all up for discussion, and that is the enigmatic character of art that has sustained my curiosity and passion for over 40 years. Have at it.
The exhibition title itself is a humble tribute to the late David Bowie, whose album and track of the same name haunted my thoughts during the painting of this series, as it has done periodically since its release in 1976. To you, Mr. Bowie.